My Head Starts To Hurt When I Try to Follow this Kind of Logic

For months now, Republicans, including Senate Republicans, have been arguing that Khalid Sheik Mohammad (the mastermind behind 9-11) should only be tried, if at all, in a military commission.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said:

Simply moving the 9/11 trials from New York City is not a solution.  As long as these trials are in civilian court they will bring severe costs and dangers with them wherever they go. There is only one venue change—and one policy—that will work: military commissions.  For that reason, I am joining with my colleagues today to introduce bipartisan legislation that bars funding for the civilian trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his cohorts. These trials are simply too misguided, too costly, and too dangerous.  We must not treat terrorism as a matter of routine law enforcement—and we must not treat terrorists like the innocent civilians they target.”

But today, in questioning Attorney General Eric Holder on who is making the decision of where KSM will be tried, Session said:

It makes me a bit uneasy, having served in the department, to have politicians discussing where the cases ought to be tried.  That is normally the Department of Justice career prosecutors.

So let me get this straight, it is OK for Republican Senators, or just about any Republican, to argue that KSM should only be tried in a military commission, but it makes them uneasy if the White House and Obama’s National Security team has some input or make the final call.

But Republicans even went further than demanding a military trial; they attempted to cut off funding for a civilian trial.  According to Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), in response to a question from George Stephanopoulos asking whether House Republicans move to block funding for the trail in federal court and do you have the vote, stated:

Let me say, George, House Republicans last year made an effort block funding in the Commerce, Justice, State bill, but Democrats in Congress prevented us from doing that. Look, this is a terrible idea to return the mastermind of 9/11 to the scene of the worst terrorist attack in American history. Not only the financial costs but the emotional costs, and frankly, it really compromises the security of that city by making it a terrorist target.

Republicans have been uniformly, universally opposed to it. We fought it on the floor. Unless the administration comes to its senses and abandons this absurd idea, Republicans and I expect some Democrats, will join us in blocking any funding to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City.

If you can understand this logic, please let me know in the comments.


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